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Executive Assistant

 

About Bellwether Education Partners

Bellwether Education Partners is a national, nonpartisan nonprofit of more than 50 professionals dedicated to helping education organizations become more effective in their work and achieve dramatic results, especially for the most underserved students. To do so, we work in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors and provide a unique combination of exceptional thinking, talent, and hands-on strategic support:

 

  • Our Strategic Advising practice works with leading education organizations on their most pressing strategic and operational issues. We partner to create bold but achievable plans, while ensuring that leaders and stakeholders are in alignment around the path forward.
  • Our Policy and Thought Leadership practice works to shape the broader education landscape by conducting policy analysis, research and writing, and idea generation, and byadvising education entities on policy and public affairs.
  • Our Talent Services practice identifies, places, and supports education leaders through comprehensive executive searches, customized search advisory services, and individual coaching. We also partner with clients to build talent-ready organizations where diverse teams can work, develop, and thrive.

 

Why bring all this together? Bellwether was founded on the belief that the only way to ensure that all children have access to high-quality schools is to take a holistic approach to education’s most pressing challenges.We believe the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and many of the challenges organizations face are so complex that they require all three areas of expertise. Having all three makes our work stronger by tying innovative thinking to perspectives regarding on-the-ground realities.

 

In this way, Bellwether has carved out a specialand desperately neededniche in the education reform landscape. We aren’t just a think tank, or a consulting firm, or a human capital organization. We are all of the above and more, providing comprehensive, coherent, and lasting solutions to education’s most longstanding and complicated problems.

 

Organizational Culture

Bellwether takes our mission of serving educators, students, organizations, and communities seriously. But we try not to take ourselves as individuals quite so seriously. We do challenging work, and we know how to have fun. From jumpsuits and talent shows at retreats, to PowerPoint presentations on werewolves and vampires at team meetings, we embrace our individuality — our quirks, talents, and diversity of viewpoints. We welcome different experiences and perspectives because we know that our team is stronger for having a variety of political, cultural, and educational beliefs represented. 

Bellwether strives to make the work rewarding and sustainable so we can find harmony between demanding jobs and full personal lives. We are proud that our team has poets, hockey players, food bloggers, activists, teachers, karate black belts, church leaders, cyclists, and much more. Our flexible work environment allows many of our team members to work where they like, and when they like (within reason, of course). This allows us to operate in ways that feel most productive to us and do more of what we love doing on our own time.

These qualities are clear in the core values that guide our work and reflect what is truly important to us as an organization:

  • Mission Mindset: We are dedicated to dramatically improving outcomes for low‐income students. Our nonprofit status allows us to focus on this mission, and it guides the people we hire and the clients and projects we support.
  • Tailored Excellence: We work with our clients to develop customized, innovative solutions. We direct our unwavering focus on quality toward successful outcomes for our clients.
  • Synergy: We believe the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Our Talent Services, Strategic Advising, and Policy and Thought Leadership teams make each other better.
  • Integrity: We exemplify the highest standards of individual and organizational ethics. We carefully balance client confidentiality with transparency to other clients and the public.
  • Diversity and Inclusion: We believe that to achieve our mission, we must be a diverse and inclusive organization broadly reflecting the various communities we serve.
  • Flexibility: We believe in the philosophy of “working smarter, not harder.” We trust our co-workers and teams to do excellent work in the manner they see fit.
  • No Drama: We have no tolerance for drama or the politics of education affecting our work. We respectfully and proactively deal with frustrations, disagreements, and unexpected hurdles.

 

Further, we value many forms of diversity and believe race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic issues play an especially acute role in the education sector and consequently our work. By actively seeking and hiring talent with diverse backgrounds and experiences, and maintaining an environment where divergent ideas and perspectives are freely expressed, we increase our collective ability to deliver thoughtful, relevant solutions and analyses for our clients and the education sector.

About the Position

The Executive Assistant’s primary responsibilities and duties will be to:

  • schedule complex meetings or calls involving multiple people - both internal staff and client staff - for up to five Bellwether team members;
  • arrange extensive domestic travel for these team members;
  • prepare, reconcile, and submit expense reports for these team members on a monthly basis;
  • regularly add and update contact information in Salesforce;
  • provide support and coordination for team-wide events and retreats; and
  • provide other ad hoc assistance to the team members you support, other Core Team members, and to the Operations Director, as needed.

 

Qualifications

The ideal candidate should have at least 3 years’ administrative experience supporting multiple professionals in a nonprofit, entrepreneurial environment. Additionally, the successful candidate will have the following:

  • professional administrative experience supporting one or more people, while remaining organized and maintaining a high level of attention to detail;
  • excellent problem-solving skills;
  • a highly self-motivated work style and the flexibility and willingness to take on additional projects when needed;
  • ability to work proactively in an ambiguous and dynamic small organization;
  • strong communication skills, both verbal and written;
  • comprehensive computer skills including calendaring, word processing, and using spreadsheet and database software;
  • well-rounded inter-personal skills with the capacity to work effectively alone and in a team environment;
  • strong ethics and personal integrity;
  • a professional attitude and client-service orientation; and
  • a track record as an outcome-driven self-starter.

 

The following is ideal but not required:

 

  • a passion for and commitment to working in the field of education reform.

 

Compensation

Bellwether Education Partners provides competitive compensation and an attractive benefits package that includes a performance bonus based on individual and firm success, health care coverage, and a 401(k) plan with an employer matching contribution policy.

Location

1426 9th Street NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20001

To Apply

Applications should consist of a cover letter and resume. These materials should be directed to Moire Carmody, Operations Director and emailed to: careers@bellwethereducation.org.

The review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Bellwether Education Partners is committed to providing equal opportunities. It is our policy to ensure that all individuals with whom we are in contact are not discriminated against on the basis of age, race, ethnicity, color, disability, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran’s status. Further, as described above, Bellwether is committed to building a diverse team and strongly encourages individuals from all backgrounds to apply.

  Metro Area Washington DC
  Job Location City Washington
  Job Location State District of Columbia
  Job Location Zip 20001
  Job Location Country United States
  Compensation Salary From: 45000 To: 55000
  Job Category Administration
  Prefered Experience 3 year(s)
  Job Type Full time
 
  Job Posting Date Jul. 10, 2017
 

Organization Details

  Organization Name Bellwether Education Partners
  Organizational Focus Education and Academia
  Contact Person Moire Carmody
  Contact Phone none posted
  Contact Fax none posted
  Contact Email careers@bellwethereducation.org
  Web Address http://www.bellwethereducation.org

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